The What, How and When of a "Disease-Free" World Within Reach

Register now for Thursday, September 7, 2017

Research!America’s National Health Research Forum sparks stimulating conversations among top leaders in government, industry, patient advocacy and academia about “in the moment” issues that could impact the trajectory of medical and health research and innovation. With such uncertainty regarding the future of our nation’s scientific enterprise, thought-leaders will come together to discuss potential solutions to challenges that could slow the pace of scientific progress. Moderated by high-profile journalists, the Forum is the only event of its kind that convenes the directors of federal agencies and other leaders within the research ecosystem in a setting where a distinguished audience may hear from, ask questions of and interact with those who are advancing medical innovation and public health.

The 2017 National Health Research Forum will start with a reserved seating luncheon where sponsors are seated with agency heads, panelists, and Research!America Board Members. During lunch will be panel discussions, each followed by a Q&A session.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Newseum, Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

11:00 am: Registration
11:30 am - 3:00 pm: Panel Discussions, audience Q&A and lunch served 

Who will you hear from?

Confirmed federal agency officials:

Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration.

Gopal Khanna, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Dr. Anne Schuchat, Principal Deputy Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keynote speaker: Dr. Mikael Dolsten, President, Worldwide Research & Development and Executive Vice President, Pfizer Inc. 

Confirmed panelists include:

Governor Charlie Baker, 72nd Governor of Massachusetts

Dr. Joel W. Beetsch, Vice President of Patient Advocacy, Celgene

Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association

Dr. Ann Cary, Dean, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies

Dr. Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine

Seth Ginsberg, Co-Founder and President, Global Healthy Living Foundation

Dr. William Hait, Global Head, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

Hon. Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Representative, 1995-2011

Dr. Iris Loew-FriedrichChief Medical OfficerUCB

Dr. Lucinda Maine, Executive Vice President and CEO, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Mark McClellanDirector, Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy, Duke University

Dr. David Neal, Senior VP of Global Academic Research, Elsevier

Gary Reedy, Chief Executive Officer, American Cancer Society

Dr. Joe Selby, Executive Director, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute 

Moderators include: 

Jeanne Cummings, deputy Washington bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal

Marilyn Serafini, health care policy consultant, former award-winning journalist 

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Anna Briseño
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We have health challenges in this country that science will provide answers for if given the chance and we haven't given science that opportunity
Mary Woolley, President and CEO, Research!America